For me, having ADHD is like walking one step in front of a rain cloud, two steps in front of a thunderstorm [and], three steps in front of a tornado. Forgetting things, making careless errors, being confused. … these things can create havoc!
The important thing I’ve learned is to accept errors as quickly as I can, remedy the situation, issue apologies as needed… and keep moving forward. Afterall, the sky is clear and the sun is shining up ahead!
ADHD is not a choice or the result of bad parenting. Kids with ADHD work twice as hard every day as their peers do, but receive more negative feedback from the world.
When I first took ADHD medications it was just like the first time I got glasses…the world came into focus. I just wish I could have had them forty years ago. My life would be very different.
It was a relief when I was diagnosed at age 46 and a lot of my past made sense. I wasn’t just lazy. The medication and awareness has helped me to adjust and cope. I can appreciate my strengths and work on my weaknesses now instead of just feeling like a loser.
Living with ADHD is like walking up a down escalator.
You can get there eventually but the journey is exhausting.
– Kathleen, Montana
I was diagnosed with ADHD last October on my 27th Birthday. I always felt different, although I was bright, creative, and friendly. Still, I was overwhelmed with a sense of being encapsulated in a bubble. I could see out, but I couldn’t reach out. I didn’t connect on the same level as the other kids.
I often said to my mom that I felt like a wind up toy, but I never wound down… I just kept ticking, ticking, ticking. I went through the motions, high school, college, then a job. The job was a very non-creative one. I consistently made silly errors.
I was an easy target for disciplinary measures. They were constant. I lost my confidence and my zest. I was like a caged bird. I became clinically depressed and left.
Then I came across an ADHD article and there I was, my whole being on a page. I immediately went to see a professor who diagnosed me with ADHD. I was prescribed medication and it was pretty nice to hear I, in fact, had a very high IQ. Since that day my life has changed for the better. I always did photography, but now I run my own photography business working for magazines and papers, shooting festivals, concerts and events. I even have my own office. The day I was diagnosed was the day I came alive. ADHD? I wouldn’t change you for the world.
– Nikki, Ireland